We are pleased to announce that Kakurezaki Ryūichi (b. 1950) is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Asset by Okayama prefecture as of March 2019.
Kakurezaki makes unique Bizen ware at his kiln in Setouchi which he established after studying under Isezaki Jun (b. 1936). While he works within the tradition of Bizen, his work is quite aesthetically different from conventional Bizen wares. His fresh and independent vision has inspired other potters to contend with classical forms.
Other ceramists who have been designated as Important Intangible Cultural Asset by Okayama prefecture include Kaneshige Kōsuke (b. 1943) and Mori Tōgaku (b. 1937) and more.
We look forward to working with him in the years to follow.